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CELEB BUZZ: Why is Nyashinski mainly in team solo?

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By PHILIP ETEMESI
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Would you like to hear an obvious statement? Nyashinski is a talented artiste. He can sing and rap.

There are only a few people in the world capable of doing that. Drake is one of them. My cousin is another, though, despite her powerful vocals, she insists she is too intelligent to be a musician. Oops! She wants to be a doctor.

So, Nyashinski can be proud of himself for comfortably riding on a lane that not many of his contemporaries can manage to swerve into

Ever since he escaped from a penitentiary in Kansas by taking down three muscled guards and hiding in a cargo ship before sailing all the way to Kenya, Nyash has dropped hit after hit. Okay, he didn’t any of that. I’ve just been watching too many movies. Does anyone know what he was doing in the US though?

The work that he did with Kleptomaniax before he vanished from Kenya was bodacious but he has had an even greater run as a solo artiste. He is clearly untouchable.

Nyashinski on stage.

Nyashinski on stage. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

But in every genius, there is always an annoying characteristic.

One thing that you might or might not have noticed about Nyashinski is that he rarely collaborates with other artistes. Collaboration is considered proper etiquette in any music industry but Nyashinski has adopted a rather cavalier and dismissive attitude to it. Should we label him mchoyo? Like one of those mean kids in school who used to eat under the desk or spit on their mandazi so that no one would ask for some.

Nyashinski.

Artiste Nyashinski. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Since his epic return, he has only collaborated with Sauti Sol, Yemi Alade and Nameless. Wait, he also did a track with Collo that you probably don’t know about. It’s called “Manyoka”. When you name a track after snakes; it comes as no surprise when it slithers away from many people’s radars.

The Yemi Alade collaboration only came about because of Coke Studio and to be honest it was not that good. As for Nameless and Collo, he obviously collaborated with them because they are his friends. I have nothing bad to say about the two.

But the times he teamed up with were Sauti Sol were worth it. The two songs they did together were so awesome that I was thinking maybe the boy band should just add him as a fifth member.

Kenyan artiste Nyashinski.

Kenyan artiste Nyashinski. PHOTO | COURTESY

What we are learning is that if you are not a friend or an artiste of international calibre, Nyashinski won’t collaborate with you. This says a lot for an artiste who was at the forefront of the #PlayKeMusic campaign. How can you call for the support of Kenyan music when you don’t support it yourself? Even in Nigeria, Davido and Wizkid always collaborate with unknown artistes all the time. In fact, Davido’s latest track is with someone called Zlatan (not the footballer). Never heard of him, right?

It’s no secret that Nyashinski loves himself. If it were possible, he would propose to himself. In his hit single “Free”, he praises himself at a rate of about five braggadocios statements per minute. I am surprised that he has not entered the Guinness Book of Records for this.

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On the song, he gives us lines such as “Mi ni jina kubwa labda tuzungumze na babako”, “Ata ka hunipendi unajua ni nani beast hapa” and “Nyash huwanga mdeadly, Ma-rapper wanaona movie”.

Nyashinski on stage during the FOMO Party.

Nyashinski on stage during the FOMO Party on July 1, 2017 at Carnivore Grounds, Nairobi. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Normally, this kind of excessive self-love tends to be accompanied by a ‘I can do it all by myself’ attitude. It’s quite possible that Nyashinski feels that incorporating other voices would besmirch his content. He might feel that there aren’t many Kenyan artistes out there who can add value to him. Maybe he feels that he’s the one who will be adding value to them.

The latter case is not a bad thing either.

Plenty of upcoming artistes would benefit greatly from collaboration with Nyashinski. I am guessing a few have approached him to…

Perhaps he feels like J. Cole. The American rapper usually prefers releasing albums with no features at all.

Rapper Nyashinski after his first appearance on Coke Studio Africa 2017.

Rapper Nyashinski after his first appearance on Coke Studio Africa 2017. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

While he reserves the right to decide who he works with, Nyashinski shouldn’t be too much of a lone ranger. Even if he doesn’t fancy the task of helping lesser artistes get known, he should at least work with his fellow musical elephants on the regular. I am sure a Nyashinski and Khaligraph Jones collaboration would sound great. A Nyashinski and Otile Brown singing duet wouldn’t be bad either.

By the way, not related, but what happened to Vera Sidika’s musical career? Did she give up already after releasing one song?

However, there’s also the possibility that Nyash doesn’t see any of the current crop of Kenyan artistes as his equals. He was killing it in the game before any of them were ever known.

Nyashinski during the Twice Upon Yesterday concert.

Nyashinski during the Twice Upon Yesterday concert held at Treehouse Westlands on September 1, 2017. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Khaligraph was still learning GHC in primary school when Nyashinski was dropping heavy bars in “Tuendelee.” Naiboi was young and beardless when Nyashinski’s voice was standing out in tracks like “Haree.”

If you look at it this way, you might understand why he’s being selfish. He’s a veteran who is still at the top of his game hence he sees himself as a god in the industry. It’s cool. As I said, he is his own boss.

But for the industry to grow the way he and so many other artistes wish, there has to be frequent tag-teaming. Let’s hope that Nyashinski will be more social and bounteous with his voice.

Yes, we can only hope. Unless someone is willing to create a #MakeNyashinksiCollaborate hashtag and make it trend.



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Sordid tale of the bank ‘that would bribe God’

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Bank of Credit and Commerce International. August 1991. [File, Standard]

“This bank would bribe God.” These words of a former employee of the disgraced Bank of Credit and Commerce International (BCCI) sum up one of the most rotten global financial institutions.
BCCI pitched itself as a top bank for the Third World, but its spectacular collapse would reveal a web of transnational corruption and a playground for dictators, drug lords and terrorists.
It was one of the largest banks cutting across 69 countries and its aftermath would cause despair to innocent depositors, including Kenyans.
BCCI, which had $20 billion (Sh2.1 trillion in today’s exchange rate) assets globally, was revealed to have lost more than its entire capital.
The bank was founded in 1972 by the crafty Pakistani banker Agha Hasan Abedi.
He was loved in his homeland for his charitable acts but would go on to break every rule known to God and man.
In 1991, the Bank of England (BoE) froze its assets, citing large-scale fraud running for several years. This would see the bank cease operations in multiple countries. The Luxembourg-based BCCI was 77 per cent owned by the Gulf Emirate of Abu Dhabi.  
BoE investigations had unearthed laundering of drugs money, terrorism financing and the bank boasted of having high-profile customers such as Panama’s former strongman Manual Noriega as customers.
The Standard, quoting “highly placed” sources reported that Abu Dhabi ruler Sheikh Zayed Sultan would act as guarantor to protect the savings of Kenyan depositors.
The bank had five branches countrywide and panic had gripped depositors on the state of their money.
Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) would then move to appoint a manager to oversee the operations of the BCCI operations in Kenya.
It sent statements assuring depositors that their money was safe.
The Standard reported that the Sheikh would be approaching the Kenyan and other regional subsidiaries of the bank to urge them to maintain operations and assure them of his personal support.
It was said that contact between CBK and Abu Dhabi was “likely.”
This came as the British Ambassador to the UAE Graham Burton implored the gulf state to help compensate Britons, and the Indian government also took similar steps.
The collapse of BCCI was, however, not expect to badly hit the Kenyan banking system. This was during the sleazy 1990s when Kenya’s banking system was badly tested. It was the era of high graft and “political banks,” where the institutions fraudulently lent to firms belonging or connected to politicians, who were sometimes also shareholders.
And even though the impact was expected to be minimal, it was projected that a significant number of depositors would transfer funds from Asian and Arab banks to other local institutions.
“Confidence in Arab banking has taken a serious knock,” the “highly placed” source told The Standard.
BCCI didn’t go down without a fight. It accused the British government of a conspiracy to bring down the Pakistani-run bank.  The Sheikh was said to be furious and would later engage in a protracted legal battle with the British.
“It looks to us like a Western plot to eliminate a successful Muslim-run Third World Bank. We know that it often acted unethically. But that is no excuse for putting it out of business, especially as the Sultan of Abu Dhabi had agreed to a restructuring plan,” said a spokesperson for British Asians.
A CBK statement signed by then-Deputy Governor Wanjohi Murithi said it was keenly monitoring affairs of the mother bank and would go to lengths to protect Kenyan depositors.
“In this respect, the CBK has sought and obtained the assurance of the branch’s management that the interests of depositors are not put at risk by the difficulties facing the parent company and that the bank will meet any withdrawal instructions by depositors in the normal course of business,” said Mr Murithi.
CBK added that it had maintained surveillance of the local branch and was satisfied with its solvency and liquidity.
This was meant to stop Kenyans from making panic withdrawals.
For instance, armed policemen would be deployed at the bank’s Nairobi branch on Koinange Street after the bank had announced it would shut its Kenyan operations.
In Britain, thousands of businesses owned by British Asians were on the verge of financial ruin following the closure of BCCI.
Their firms held almost half of the 120,000 bank accounts registered with BCCI in Britain. 
The African Development Bank was also not spared from this mess, with the bulk of its funds deposited and BCCI and stood to lose every coin.
Criminal culture
In Britain, local authorities from Scotland to the Channel Islands are said to have lost over £100 million (Sh15.2 billion in today’s exchange rate).
The biggest puzzle remained how BCCI was allowed by BoE and other monetary regulation authorities globally to reach such levels of fraudulence.
This was despite the bank being under tight watch owing to the conviction of some of its executives on narcotics laundering charges in the US.
Coast politician, the late Shariff Nassir, would claim that five primary schools in Mombasa lost nearly Sh1 million and appealed to then Education Minister George Saitoti to help recover the savings. Then BoE Governor Robin Leigh-Pemberton condemned it as so deeply immersed in fraud that rescue or recovery – at least in Britain – was out of the question.
“The culture of the bank is criminal,” he said. The bank was revealed to have targeted the Third World and had created several “institutional devices” to promote its operations in developing countries.
These included the Third World Foundation for Social and Economic Studies, a British-registered charity.
“It allowed it to cultivate high-level contacts among international statesmen,” reported The Observer, a British newspaper.
BCCI also arranged an annual Third World lecture and a Third World prize endowment fund of about $10 million (Sh1 billion in today’s exchange rate).
Winners of the annual prize had included Nelson Mandela (1985), sir Bob Geldof (1986) and Archbishop Desmond Tutu (1989).
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Agricultural Development Corporation Chief Accountant Gerald Karuga on the Spot Over Fraud –

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Gerald Karuga, the acting chief accountant at the Agricultural Development Corporation (ADC), is on the spot over fraud in land dealings.

ADC was established in 1965 through an Act of Parliament Cap 346 to facilitate the land transfer programme from European settlers to locals after Kenya gained independence.

Karuga is under fire for allegedly aiding a former powerful permanent secretary in the KANU era Benjamin Kipkulei to deprive ADC beneficiaries of their land in Naivasha.

Kahawa Tungu understands that the aggrieved parties continue to protest the injustice and are now asking the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) to probe Karuga.

A source who spoke to Weekly Citizen publication revealed that Managing Director Mohammed Dulle is also involved in the mess at ADC.

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Dulle is accused of sidelining a section of staffers in the parastatal.

The sources at ADC intimated that Karuga has been placed strategically at ADC to safeguard interests of many people who acquired the corporations’ land as “donations” from former President Daniel Arap Moi.

Despite working at ADC for many years Karuga has never been transferred, a trend that has raised eyebrows.

“Karuga has worked here for more than 30 years and unlike other senior officers in other parastatals who are transferred after promotion or moved to different ministries, for him, he has stuck here for all these years and we highly suspect that he is aiding people who were dished out with big chunks of land belonging to the corporation in different parts of the country,” said the source.

In the case of Karuga safeguarding Kipkulei’s interests, workers at the parastatals and the victims who claim to have lost their land in Naivasha revealed that during the Moi regime some senior officials used dubious means to register people as beneficiaries of land without their knowledge and later on colluded with rogue land officials at the Ministry of Lands to acquire title deeds in their names instead of those of the benefactors.

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“We have information that Karuga has benefitted much from Kipkulei through helping him and this can be proved by the fact that since the matter of the Naivasha land began, he has been seen changing and buying high-end vehicles that many people of his rank in government can’t afford to buy or maintain,” the source added.

“He is even building a big apartment for rent in Ruiru town.”

The wealthy officer is valued at over Sh1.5 billion in prime properties and real estate.

Last month, more than 100 squatters caused scenes in Naivasha after raiding a private firm owned by Kipkulei.

The squatters, who claimed to have lived on the land for more than 40 years, were protesting take over of the land by a private developer who had allegedly bought the land from the former PS.

They pulled down a three-kilometre fence that the private developed had erected.

The squatters claimed that the former PS had not informed them that he had sold the land and that the developer was spraying harmful chemicals on the grass affecting their livestock and homes built on a section of the land.

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Naivasha Deputy County Commissioner Kisilu Mutua later issued a statement warning the squatters against encroaching on Kipkuleir’s land.

“They are illegally invading private land. We shall not allow the rule of the jungle to take root,” warned Mutua.

Meanwhile, a parliamentary committee recently demanded to know identities of 10 faceless people who grabbed 30,350 acres of land belonging to the parastatal, exposing the rot at the corporation.

ADC Chairman Nick Salat, who doubles up as the KANU party Secretary-General, denied knowledge of the individuals and has asked DCI to probe the matter.

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Deputy President William Ruto will next month take his ‘hustler nation’ campaigns to his main rival, ODM leader Raila Odinga’s Nyanza backyard, in an escalation of the 2022 General Election competition.

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